Carbon emissions are a hot topic these days, with the likes of Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion grabbing headlines seemingly every week.
However, beneath all the sensationalism lies a very clear message: pollution and climate change are very real issues that the world needs to address.
But why wait to take action? As Benjamin Franklin once said, don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Tips for Reducing Your Company's Carbon Footprint
Reducing your carbon footprint doesn't necessarily mean you need to live off the grid in a self-sustainable cabin in the woods. It can be as easy as making a few small changes around the office.
Ready to get on the road to a greener workplace? Here are 3 great tips for businesses looking to shrink their carbon footprint into a baby step.
1. Go Digital
Perhaps the most obvious suggestion on this list, the first port of call for any business looking to reduce their carbon footprint should be to ditch paper and other physical mediums in favour of digital communications.
Giving up hard copies and focusing on digital documents can reduce waste dramatically, eliminating mounds of paper office-wide and saving space in the process.
For example, if you're seeking ISO 9001 certification for your business, you can reduce waste by working with a digital certification body instead of going the traditional route. Digital certification means fewer auditors on the road and less CO2 in our planet's atmosphere.
2. Recycle Waste
Whether your business is big, small or somewhere in between, your company can and will produce a variety of waste.
Introducing recycling points into the workplace is a logical step to help minimise any office waste that's created throughout the working day.
Meanwhile, even office appliances and hardware can be recycled when they come to the end of their working life, so think twice before you send that old photocopier or PC to the tip.
3. Video Conferencing
Thanks to modern technology, communication has come on light-years over the last two decades, meaning that travel is becoming increasingly unnecessary.
Where possible, it may be worth scheduling a video conference call instead of a face-to-face meeting, particularly if the latter requires lengthy travel.
Not only will it save considerable amount of time and fuel, it will also save your business money in the process. If that isn't incentive enough to go green, we don't know what is!
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